Kathleen Sitek

Title: Realtor

Company: BHHS New England Properties

Location: Vernon, CT

Career History: Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) New England Properties

Kathleen Sitek, Realtor at BHHS New England Properties, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Ms. Sitek became involved in her profession because when her family moved to Connecticut in 1977, and she witnessed her parents working with a realtor to find their home. After observing the process, she became interested in the realtor’s job and thought that it would be a good job pathway for her. After starting her own family and working several professional jobs, she returned to her interest in real estate, became licensed, and has provided her skills and expertise in finding clients’ homes with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) for more than 23 years. She was interviewed by Candace Adams and trained by Floyd Wickman.

Within her first year, Ms. Sitek became number one and has maintained this streak for nearly the entirety of her career. In the time that she did not reach that standard, she had suffered the tragic loss of one of her children. Though a difficult time in her life, she still remained passionate about helping her clients. She considers real estate to have been a lifeline for her in many ways. As a single mother, she was able to put her children through college and make a better life for them. In addition to being among the top 1% real estate agents nationwide, Ms. Sitek has also received the 5 Star Real Estate Agent Award (2011-2017, 2019-2021), the Chairman Circle Platinum Award and the Legend Award.

Jansen Klefeker

Title: Realtor

Company: Rogers Healy and Associates

Location: Dallas, TX

Career History: Realtor, Rogers Healy and Associates, 2017-Present;

Director of Sales and Marketing, Bridge Creek Shores Contract, 2019-Present

Jansen Klefeker, Realtor at Rogers Healy and Associations, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Though he only started in real estate in 2017, Mr. Klefeker has already garnered attention for his work. In 2019, he was recognized as Rookie of the Year at his firm, and in 2020, was honored among the Best Real Estate Agents in D Magazine. In addition to his work finding his clients their dream homes with Rogers Healey and Associates, he has served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Bridge Creek Shores Contract since 2019. Mr. Klefeker attributes his success to Rogers Healy and Associates and to a growth mindset. He is a team leader of the J. Klefeker Real Estate Group and manages six real estate agents that specialize in luxury builder representation for new home sales and buyer representation for home purchases.

Thus far, Mr. Klefeker’s most notable achievement has been his work branding an entire lakefront luxury community development in 2019. That year, he was able to sell all but two units, and eventually sold the remaining properties during the pandemic. In 2020, his average price point was $335,000, which was above the average medium. In 2021, he doubled his volume from the previous year and has done 60% of the transactions. In just that year, he has increased his average home price to under a million dollars. Looking toward the future, Mr. Klefeker endeavors to achieve a $30 million transaction. He would like to maintain a home-work balance and become known as an individual who wants to take care of people in the community.

Mr. Klefeker became involved in real estate through his work with luxury products. Prior to earning his license, he worked as a sommelier. He highly enjoyed this work but found through the years he wanted to build a lifestyle better suited to his family. Through meeting people and making connections, he discovered that real estate would be an ideal fit. To aid in his growth, he maintains professional affiliation with the National Association of REALTORS, The Dervish Club in Dallas, TX, and the Dallas Athletic Club.

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Curt Gasper

Title: Team Leader

Company: Coldwell Banker Hearthside

Location: Huntingdon Valley, PA

Career History: Team Leader, Coldwell Banker Hearthside (1993-present);

Driving Instructor

Curt Gasper, Team Leader of Coldwell Banker Hearthside has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Mr. Gasper has been a dedicated real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside since 1993. In this time, he has earned a number of achievements that speak to his customer service. He became involved in the industry at the age of 38, and his hard work has been evidenced by being recognized as the Top Selling Agent in Philadelphia. He credits his ability being a people person.

Prior to becoming a realtor, Mr. Gasper worked as a driving instructor at a service company. While doing this, he set his sights on working in sales as he knew his hard work would result in making good money. Mr. Gasper has been recognized for his work as a Top Selling Agent with the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors, as a Top Agent in the East Coast by Coldwell Banker Hearthside, and on three occasions among the Top 100 by Realtor Magazine.

On top of his work, Mr. Gasper is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the former president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors and was involved with the Ocean City Board of Realtors in New Jersey. He actively donates to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Tonya Klingaman

Tonya Klingaman

Tonya KlingamanTitle: Broker/Owner/Realtor

Company: EXIT Realty – Mitchell

Location: Mitchell, SD

Education: MS, Secondary Education and Teaching, Dakota Wesleyan University, 2008;

Bachelor’s degree, General Biology, Dakota Wesleyan University, 2006;

Associate’s degree, Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician, Mitchell Technical Institute, 1996;

Diploma, General Studies, Mitchell High School

Career History: Real estate broker, owner, EXIT Realty – Mitchell, South Dakota, 2020-present;

Real estate broker, EXIT Realty – Great Plains, Mitchell, South Dakota, 2019-2020;

Broker Associate, Realtor, Mitchell Realty, LLC, Mitchell, South Dakota, 2014-2019;

Adjunct Professor, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota, 2011-2015;

Adjunct Professor, Northern State University, Huron, Northern State University, South Dakota, 21/2014-5/2014;

Secondary Science Teacher, Mount Vernon School District, Mount Vernon, South Dakota, 2009-2014;

Adjunct Professor, Colorado Technical University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Area, 2011-2013;

Paraeducator, Mitchell School District 17-2, Mitchell, South Dakota, 2006-2008;

Medical Laboratory Technician, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2003-2004;

Medical Laboratory Technician, Avera Queen of Peace Health Services, Mitchell, South Dakota, 1995-2002

Tonya Klingman, Broker/Owner/Realtor at EXIT Realty – Mitchell, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Ms. Klingaman was introduced to real estate by her husband, who worked in real estate. Combining this interest with her desire to become an entrepreneur, she has made her dreams come true through hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Prior to real estate, she served as a medical laboratory technician for the Avera Queen of Peach Health Services, the Avera McKenna Hospital & University Health Center, and as a paraeducator for the Mitchell School District. Between 2009 and 2015, Ms. Klingaman taught as an adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University, as a secondary science teacher at Mount Vernon School District, and as an adjunct professor at Northern State University and Dakota Wesleyan University. Her foray into real estate began in 2014 when she became a broker associate and realtor at Mitchell Realty, LLC.

In 2019, Ms. Klingaman joined EXIT Realty as a real estate broker, and since 2020 has been the owner of EXIT Realty – Mitchell. In this venture, she serves South Dakota and is on par to become one of the largest real estate providers in the state. She manages her team of five realtors and does all the bookwork and other day-to-day operations of the business. She holds a number of certifications and credentials in the real estate field and in her previous careers including; Real Estate Broker, Broker of Rec, Off, Partnership & Corp., South Dakota Real Estate Commission, 2019-2021; Medical Laboratory Technician, American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), 1996; General Biology coursework, South Dakota State University, 1993; Broker Associate, Real Estate, ProEd.

Ms. Klingaman has been supported in her endeavors by her academic background. After graduating from Mitchell High School she received an associate’s degree from Mitchell Technical Institute. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in general biology from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2006, and a Master of Science in secondary education and teaching from the institution in 2008. Ms. Klingaman also remains committed to her community and is involved as the Financial Chair of Mission Task Force of the Resurrection Lutheran Church, as a member of the Business Improvement District (BID) Board for Mitchell Main Street & Beyond, as a Board member, James Valley Community Center, and on the Safehouse Board for Battered Women and Children.

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Lakina Fulks

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Title: Realtor

Company: Lakina the Realtor

Location: Lake Orion, MI

Education: Master of Arts in Social Justice, Marygrove College; Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marygrove College

Career History: Realtor, Metro Detroit Area, Michigan (2010-Present)

Lakina Fulks, Realtor, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Ms. Fulks began her career as a bookkeeper for a property management company, but was asked to help with showing some properties. Her talents were noticed, and she was encouraged to get involved in real estate. Not long after, she received a Real Estate and Negotiation Expert Certification and Seller Representative Specialist Designation from the Real Estate Business Institute. In 2010, she began connecting her clients with their dreams properties across the metro Detroit, MI area.

In addition to her work in real estate, Ms. Fulks serves as the Vice President of the Lost and Found Christian Association and is the founder of The Treasure Within, which is a girl’s empowerment group. She maintains professional affiliation with the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, The Women’s Council of Realtor’s Birmingham and Bloomfield, the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Professional Women.

Ms. Fulks is an accomplished writer and has published such books as, “Why… A young girls search for the truth” in 2019, “A Buyers Guide to Buying a Home,” “Dreamer on the Rise,” and “A Sellers Guide To Selling Your Home Fast.” She has been featured in K.I.S.H. MAGAZINE. She has also been recognized with a nomination for “Hidden Gem of Detroit.” She earned a Master of Arts in social and a bachelor’s degree in business from Marygrove College.

Valerie Harvey, CIPS®, GLHMS®

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Title: Real Estate Advisor

Company: Coldwell Banker

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Education: BS, Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies, 1987

Career History: Real Estate Advisor, Coldwell Banker, 2017-present;

Director of Business Development & Agency Leader, The Worth Collection, Ltd., 2013-2014;

Agency Leader, W By Worth, 2011-2013;

Business Development Executive, Vacation Storebuilder, 2010-2011

Vice President, Merrill Lynch, 2001-2003;

Founder & President, BodySlim, Inc., 1998-2001;

Managing Director, Karam Group, 1993-1997;

Marketing Director, Merrill Lynch Bank (Suisse) S.A., Merrill Lynch, 1991-1993;

ICMA Product Manager, Merrill Lynch, 1989-1990;

Product Manager Merrill Lynch Int’l Bank (NYC), Merrill Lynch, 1988-1989

Valerie Harvey, CIPS®, GLHMS®, Real Estate Advisor at Coldwell Banker, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Ms. Harvey became involved in her profession because she wanted to be in an industry of service and she had always been motivated to help others. For her, real estate was a perfect fit because she is able to make her clients wishes come true by finding them their dream homes. She has served as a real estate advisor for Coldwell Banker since 2017, and brings to this position decades of experience in managerial and executive roles. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker, Ms. Harvey served as the Director of Business Development and Agency Leader for The Worth Collection.

In 2017, Ms. Harvey became a Licensed Sales Associate through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In the years that she has been in real estate, she has been ranked among the top 25% of realtors. She has also been recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the Junior League of Miami. In addition to these accomplishments, Ms. Harvey considers her most notable achievements to be nurturing relationships, getting repeat business from past clients, and growing exponentially. When someone tells her she is good at what she does she feels that is her greatest reward.

In five years, Ms. Harvey endeavors to grow her team, while recruiting and nurturing agents to become successful and grow the business. She wants to entice one of her children to work for her, so that there would be continuity with her legacy. She is an expert in selling residential real estate and waterfront homes and hopes that inspires her children to go after what they want in life. To remain abreast of her field, Ms. Harvey maintains affiliation with the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association Of Realtors, and the Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors.

Kristi A. Whitten

Kristi Whitten

Kristi WhittenTitle: Realtor

Company: Keller Williams Realty

Location: Manchester, NH

Education: Associate’s Degree in Education, Florida Atlantic University;

Coursework, Palm Beach Atlantic University (1995-1998)

Career History: Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Bedford, NH (2005-Present);

Self-Employed, Realtor (2006-Present)

Kristi A. Whitten, Realtor at Keller Williams Realty, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Ms. Whitten became involved in her profession because it was something that she had wanted to do from a very young age. It was always intriguing to her to see how people invested in rental properties and houses. She grew up playing Monopoly and it was intriguing to her. When she started in the industry, it was a tough market. It was hard to get a transaction and to sell properties. Everything was a short sale, a foreclosure, or a distressed property. However, finding solutions to these difficulties only helped her become the realtor she is today with Keller Williams Realty. She has been with the firm since 2005 and is an expert is selling and finding properties for residential, new construction and resale.

The highlight of Ms. Whitten’s career so far been working very closely with several nonprofits, including a program called Roca Kidz Club. This program is an inner-city program for kids. At this moment, the nonprofit provides programs during the day for school-aged children to allow them to get their school work done, including with snacks and lunches. Once a week, they provide dinner and give them a safe place to play. Ms. Whitten is also proud of the recognition she has received for her work, including the Production Award from Keller Williams Realty, the Top 10 Agents, Production Award, from the State of New Hampshire, and in 2020 the Aspiring Women of New Hampshire Award from New Hampshire Women’s Magazine. Looking toward the future, she endeavors to help other realtors grow their business and continue helping clients find their dream homes.

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Justin W. Brown

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Title: Owner, Broker, Investor

Company: Three Hills Real Estate Service

Location: Hudson, NH

Career History: Owner, Broker, Property Manager, Three Hills Real Estate Service, 2013-present;

Realtor, Century 21 North East, 2011-2013;

Property Manager, MITU Properties, 2010-2013;

District Training Sales Manager, Staples, 2004-2010

Justin Brown, Owner, Broker and Investor of Three Hills Real Estate Service, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Enthused by real estate at an early age, Mr. Brown made it clear to everyone around him that working in the profession was the route for him. It was his mother who got tickets for him to a seminar about flipping houses, and it was there that he knew where he would apply his energy in the industry. He first garnered experience in sales as a district training sales manager with Staples, working in this venture from 2004 to 2010. In 2010, he was made a property manager at MITU Properties. After three years in this role, he joined Century 21 North East as a realtor and honed his skills and expertise in real estate until becoming the owner, broker and property manager of Three Hills Real Estate Service in 2013. Aiding Mr. Brown in this venture is his real estate broker license for Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as becoming a Certified Project Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Real Estate Management.

The career highlight that has stood out to Mr. Brown thus far has been every instance of working with first-time homebuyers who purchase a home. It is gratifying to him knowing these families will get to experience the joys of homeownership for the first time and that he helped them in their decision-making. Furthermore, he is happy to know that he has cultivated a workplace environment that celebrates his colleagues and employees. Ultimately, he is guided by his motto, “love where you live.”

In his career, Mr. Brown has been recognized as a Next Generation Honoree Award Winner from Commercial Real Estate Magazine in 2019, and as Boston’s Most Inspiring Property Manager from Boston Voyager Magazine in 2018. He was a featured speaker at The Red Manager User Conference in Las Vegas in 2019, and his story was highlighted in Top Agent Magazine in 2020. He maintains professional affiliation with the local Chamber of Commerce, the Liberty Lodge, and the Mason’s. Looking toward the future, Mr. Brown endeavors to continue growing his business, and uniting people with their dream properties.

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Karen Tyler

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Title: Founder, Owner, Broker

Company: Prodigy Realty

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Career History: Founder, Owner, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Agent, PRODIGY Realty, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, VA, (2018-Present); Founder, Owner, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Agent, Team Tyler Homes, Chesapeake, VA, (2008-Present)

Karen Tyler, Founder, Owner and Broker of Prodigy Realty, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of real estate.

Ms. Tyler felt a calling to real estate after being inspired by a mentor who leads Bible studies while she was in jail. This mentor told her to give her a call when she was released and was invited to Thanksgiving dinner. Though she arrived late and missed the prayer before the meal, she asked her hosts if they could pray again. One of the other guests at the dinner was impressed by her and offered her a job working at his real estate firm. She began working for him after her job at an attorney’s office. Not long after, the real estate industry was affected by the market crash in 2007-2008, and while many brokers moved away, Ms. Tyler leaned into the profession more. Since 2008, she has diligently worked to create her business, and help others by doing so, as the founder, owner, real estate broker and agent of Team Tyler Homes. In 2018, she became the founder and owner, as well as real estate broker and agent of Prodigy Realty, located in Virginia Beach.

Ms. Tyler’s hard work and dedication has resulted in recognition. She has received a plaque for being among the Top 1% Real Estate Agents in Production in her region, and for being among the Top 3% Real Estate Agent in the Country. Furthermore, in 2019, she was recognized as a Five Star Real Estate Agent. In her work, Ms. Tyler is guided by several mantras, including “integrity over greed,” “if you do the right things by people eventually the money will come,” and “it is not about the money, it is about helping people, and doing the right thing.” In addition to her work, she spends a lot of time volunteering in philanthropic endeavors such as food drives.

In her own life, Ms. Tyler is most proud of overcoming her adolescent behavior and addiction to become a successful real estate agent, netting more than one million dollars in her first three years. She has a brokerage with about 100 agents right now, over 115 doors (estimate), and she loves it. She believes in quality over quantity and in having a family approach, they are having fun together, she is having fun, and she loves helping people, building them up.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Tyler endeavors to continue building her success and helping others.

Heather Baker, MRP, ABR, SRS

Heather Baker

Heather BakerTitle: Licensed Real Estate Professional

Company: Century 21 Judge Fite Company

Location: McKinney, TX

Education: BA in Speech Communication, Master’s College and Seminary (1994);

Real Estate License, Texas, 2016

Career History: Licensed Real Estate Professional, Century 21 Judge Fite Company, McKinney, Texas (2016-Present); Wedding Planner, Weddings by Heather (1998-2008)

Heather Baker, MRP, ABR, SRS, Licensed Real Estate Professional at Century 21 Judge Fite Company, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in residential real estate.

Having always wanted to help others, Ms. Baker found her calling in real estate. She finds it especially exciting and fulfilling to connect first-time homebuyers with their dream properties. In this respect, she is able to help them realize that they can afford to purchase a home. She earned her real estate license in the state of Texas in 2016 and has been with Century 21 Judge Fite Company since then. Prior to this, she has experience as a wedding planner, which has aided in her meticulous attention to detail and customer care.

Ms. Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from the Master’s College and Seminary in 1994. On top of her real estate license, she is also a MAR, Military Relocation Professional; ABR Accredited Buyers Representative; SAR, Seller Representative Specialist; and Certified Relocation Specialist. Due to the outstanding nature of her work, she mentors seven other agents at her company.

Ms. Baker has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work. In 2019 and 2020, she received the Quality Service Award from Century 21 and a Masters Ruby Award, and in 2020, a Certificate of Excellence from Broker Agent Advisory. In 2020, she earned an additional Masters Ruby Award and a Civic Award. In 2019, Ms. Baker received a Top Producer Award, and recognition as a Top Producer in United Listed, a Top Producer for Volume Listed, a Top Producer in Written Volume, a Top Producer in Closed AGC, a Top Producer in Closed Volume and a Spirit Award. She attributes her success to having a lot of people who believe in her even when she didn’t believe in herself, such as her husband, Jay Baker, her father, Mike Livingston, and her children. She had mentors like Andre Tobbaco, her first manager at Century 21, and Frances Cruz. Looking toward the future, she wants to continue being a top producer with Century 21.